As with most things, you need to be careful what you do, and what you say. But what can you say about Paris? I’d like to slow things down. I’d like to weave the world into full lotus, listen to it chant sacred words. I’d like to levitate the world in meditation.
Or I could simply quote a holy man, perhaps Swami Satchidananda, or some holy book. But maybe Charlie Chaplin says things as well as anyone. Although this 1940 movie received numerous Oscar Award nominations—among them, best actor and best screenplay (written by Chaplin)—it was the beginning of the end for Chaplin in America. People with closed eyes never see very far, never see what is true in the world. They cannot see beyond a word in order to view the whole paragraph. They cannot see beyond a paragraph to understand the entire book. They cannot see past a book to fathom the depths of life.
If history is any predictor of the future, we may always have a Paris somewhere in the world. But hopefully, we will always have a Charlie Chaplin, also, to offer hope and peace and love. And light, to lead us toward a brighter path away from our dark nature.
Maybe we could ask ourselves this question: WWDD?
What Would Duncan Do? Certainly not give up.
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